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Do No Go Gentle Into That Good Night

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In “Do no go gentle into that good night”, Dylan Thomas argues ferociously against the standard, pessimistic read towards men kind’s final ending, death, and urges the dying to rekindle their spirit and blaze even within the end of their life. Dylan Thomas’s main argument is that the dying have a life that is not yet fulfilled therefore implying further opportunity to elevate life before death, however, while this could well be valid, Thomas still lacks a certain glimpse of empathy to fully convince readers that this is a completely selfless plea.

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Overall, the poem adopts a commanding tone and the use of iambic pentameter together with alliteration reinforces this commanding tone. The poem opens and closes with second-person imperative. Despite the fervent mood of the poem, imperative is still slightly harsher than a plea or soft words of encouragement. The use of imperative also displays powerlessness since Thomas cannot fight the battle for the dying men, but only act as a desperate bystander that advices. Moreover, given the iambic pentameter, stressed syllables in each line is often consonants that clashes together. For instance, in the last two lines of stanza seven, the stressed syllables are “not”, first syllable of “gentle”, “that,” and “night.” Note that “not” and “night” is an example of alliteration, which is also present in each stanza such as “sang,” “sun,” in fourth stanza and “blinding,” “blind,” and “blaze” in fifth stanza. The alliterations produces a surge of energy to each line but also creates a jarring sound that hardens the message. In the last stanza, the poem is revealed to be a highly personal one where Thomas exhorts his father to fight against death. It is then reasonable to conclude that due to this personal touch, the un-willingness those four category of men listed above to submit to death are in fact persuasions used to convince Thomas’ father to “not go gentle into that good night.”

The poem supplies reasons to fight death, but it offers no...

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